Oh yes, I have seen the ads for the College Fair. To be held at AISK and Hillel. This is a good place to go and ask each school present, "Given the economic status and the dollar at close to JMD 121 to US1, is there any chance a Jamaican can earn a full, full scholarship at your institution?" If you are met with a blank stare or given the retort that full scholarships are strictly for Americans, keep it rolling and roll right right out of there.
Your best bet is to stick with the tried and true. 21 years of experience and enough arsenal over the years to assist you in gaining a place and a strong foothold in some given institution. Should Truman State University or Worcester Polytechnic be there.....good institutions to check out. Should the Ivy Leaguers be there, do know...
So September enrollment has been brisk. Our poor hearts are heartened. The students who have left our shores are busy sending me a ton of emails.... showing me dorm rooms, untidy room-mates....but most importantly, I am elated to hear that all are heeding the pearls of wisdom I imbued their minds with at the Farewell Ceremony. So Shrimpy, I appreciate the gadding about you are doing with the Resident Advisor of your floor. Howard University, watch out!
Students, who are reading this blog, do note the SAT words in the previous paragraph. (The evil SAT teacher smirks). And for every subsequent blog, we continue in the same vein.
The September 18th event has a new location and time. Watch the blog for future updates.
I am sorry. I apologize. I forgot the blog last week. Why? I was on the Western Massachusetts Boarding School Tour. I could have done my report from the hotel room, this historic American hotel with years of history, the Hotel Northampton. But....Ms. Bramwell is famous for being in drama or near drama and almost made the city news. There was a fire at the hotel. And guess who had to run out in her bathrobe? To the smiles of the applauding street public, firemen and police officers. My fifteen minutes of fame almost upset the Baltimore demonstrations....go figure!
However, I had a fabulous 5 p.m. meeting with Maia Ricketts and her mother last night. In so many years, I have just now seen how easy it is to get off a wait list. Just w...
So the tears and the laughter...the why these rejection letters to oh,boy, look at this, Ms. Bramwell, whoopee? Do I ride this emotional wave with you all? No. Categorically no. I will commiserate and laugh for a minute.
The minute ends when we turn to action.
Action means those accepted, must decide where to? Then, we must sign letters of intent to attend, send deposit fees and prepare for the student visas.
Those not admitted must consider Gap Years or Plan B action of schools. It is not the end of the world. A rejection does not make you any less of a person. it is that school's loss.
But again, here comes the list you have all been waiting for, that infernal acceptance list!
I am rubbing my hands with glee! Today was a special day, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding to give SAT classes to students of the Spanish Town area at the Hydel facility. Registration is now open. Glorious devotion this morning with the press and all that is good in new beginnings....the prayers, the press, the band of Hydel, the devoted faculty and children. Another stage in Versan's life.
Next Wednesday, we should launch the program at Manchester High school. Again, we roll out....
The Minerva College University
so you did not make it to Stanford or UC Berkeley, but at Minerva, you get courses taught via online administration by those faculty members? Financial aid is available. They come to Jamaica to showcase this innovative school that many Fortune...
Though our former Prime Minister Michael Manley is no longer with us, I do salute his charisma and three flights a day to Miami government, such a contradiction of sorts. But when his health was waning, and I met both he and Mrs. Manley at a roots play, he solidly stood and shook the hand of each and every theater-goer watching the play that night.
There is something to be said about such gentility, despite our myriad personal flaws. Salute, Comrade Manley on your Earth Day.
NO TWILIGHTS THIS WEDNESDAY
So I returned to Montego Bay after that uproariously riotous debacle the last time. Even my past parent, Ms. Cunningham, (all the way in Barbados) is asking whether I had jumped the fence....Oh dear....see, the security guard, having brandished the gun, acknowledged who I was and th...